Monthly Archives: May 2009

Taking a $tand against open records

Here’s another in what becomes a fairly common story when you’re paying attention to open records issues: An agency fights a court’s decision that affirms certain documents are open under the law — and spends a bunch of money doing … Continue reading

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1,000 pages on Bonnie & Clyde

The FBI has posted nearly 1,000 pages of new material on its investigations of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The information came from the FBI’s Dallas Field Office’s investigative case records, which were uncovered in the course of preparing a historical … Continue reading

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York County must add locations to 911 time-response logs. Common sense?

A few weeks ago we wrote that we had asked York County for 911 time-response logs, and that the county had decided that logs were simply a list of times, without addresses or geographical locations of where units were headed … Continue reading

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HIPPA: The excuse for everything

Sorry for back-to-back posts about open records issues from the region, but a co-worker here at the YDR alerted me to this after reading my previous entry. In Luzerne County are under investigation for judges who sent kids to jail … Continue reading

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Job applications, resumes are public

In a recent ruling the state Office of Open records, a local tax agency agency was required to turn over job applications and resumes of its workers. The back story on this is interesting. The Scranton Single Tax Office “lost” … Continue reading

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Story behind the story: City school board members’ trip expenses

After a York City School Board committee meeting a few weeks ago, education reporter Nickie Dobo was in a conversation with board members Hiawatha Powell and Beverly Atwater. They mentioned a trip to San Diego to attend a national conference. … Continue reading

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Federal FOIA guide on the way

The federal government says it will publish a guide to the Freedom of Information Act in June.  If you work at an agency that expects to order multiple copies, here are instructions on how to do that.  If you’re an … Continue reading

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Township official publicizes RTK request costs

Paul Knepper, a York Township commissioner, continued his efforts tonight to publicize who has filed Right-to-Know requests with the township and the cost of the requests. You might recall that Knepper has previously proposed listing that information on the township’s … Continue reading

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Municipalities’ lawyer: RTK decision broadens access to public officials’ e-mails

Guy Beneventano, a lawyer with Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall in Harrisburg, is solicitor for Dauphin County and a couple other municipalities in the area. He wrote an article for a municipal government publication advising municipalities on what the new … Continue reading

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Phil Briddell, did you see this?

Iowa’s governor says he’ll release e-mails he sent from, or received on, private computers and servers that dealt with public business. He’s responding to an open records request by The Associated Press. York Township Commissioner Philip Briddell apparently has e-mails … Continue reading

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